Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, a 19-year-old gang member who is suspected of having taken part in the murder of a male earlier this year, was found and arrested in North Carolina on November 11. Lopez-Abrego is currently being charged with a first-degree murder.
The police stated that the arrested male is a part of the MS-13 gang, which was founded and run by El Salvadoran immigrants.
According to the Montgomery County police, up to 10 members of the gang had lured the male victim to Wheaton Regional Park in Wheaton and stabbed him over 100 times. The killers used walkie-talkies to communicate during the incident. Lopez-Abrego was the first to attack and stab the victim, then the body was decapitated, and the heart was cut out. The body was buried in a grave and later found in Wheaton Regional Park on September 5. The remnants of the body were removed from the grave and delivered to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner. The death was determined a homicide.
Lopez-Abrego not only is a dropout from Northwood High School in Silver Spring, but also does not have a legal status in the US. His bond review is due at the Rockville District Court this Wednesday. The police are currently looking for other gang members from Maryland that have also taken part in the murder.
Although the police believe the victim was from Annapolis, the identity is still to be determined as the investigation proceeds. One of the most noticeable marks on the victim is a missing lower tooth, which may have been lost during the incident. Photographs of the clothes the victim was wearing were released to the public with the hope to learn more information.
The authorities encourage anyone who has information about the victim or the crime to contact Major Crimes Division or Crime Solvers of Montgomery County.